As one of the first face to face events for the best part of 18 months, Cereals, held near Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire, had a real buzz about it, with manufacturers and prospective purchasers out in force to see the latest trends and developments. Alex Heath reports.
Dubbed as the next step for existing Mzuri customers and a high output option for existing direct drillers and plough based systems, the Izona iPass is a new brand from Mzuri’s founder Martin Lole.
The coulter is the main point of difference, with a disc cutting through trash allowing a winged tine that can put down fertiliser, to run about 20mm deeper than the following seeding tine. The wing tine tills the seeding area and both tines are joined with a parallel linkage. A V-shaped press wheel consolidates the seeded area.
The 7,000-litre tank is pressurised and split 60:40 in favour of seed, with metering carried out with the manufacturer’s own units. An 18-tonne braked axle is used. Wheels on the front are used for pressure sensing, and adjust the tractors lower link arms to maintain seeding depth. The drill is available in six and eight metre widths and has the choice of 250 and 333mm row spacings.
Breaking ground for the first time publicly in the UK was the AgXeed AgBot autonomous tractor. Still in its testing phase, a working demonstration showed visitors a glimpse of what the future could look like.
The drive train is diesel-electric, with a four cylinder, 4.1-litre Deutz engine, developing 156hp and 610Nm powering electric motors that transmit power to the tracks, which range from 300 to 910mm wide. Track width can be altered from 1,800 to 3,200mm depending on the width of the tracks and the chassis type. Maximum speed of the robot is 13.5kph.
It was kitted out with a Lemken Topas tine cultivator on the front and Heliodor compact disc harrow on the rear, making use of the three and eight tonne lift capacities, respectively. Attached implements fold over the top of the robot for transport. It is expected that the autonomous tractors will be available in 2022.
KRM launched its Neu-P power harrow mounted tine drill. Using the firm’s Elite tine coulters with spring for downforce, the manufacturer says the demand is high for a drill that works in all conditions, but especially after late harvested root crops. Tines are staggered over three rows to aid trash flow.
On three and four metre rigid models a pressurised tank features on top, while folding 4 and 6m versions are also available, in combination with its Ora front tank. Seed is metred through the firm’s Elektra metering unit, which is IsoBus controlled and allows for variable rate seeding. The 3m version on show needs a tractor of about 150hp, mainly for lifting and retails at £27,040, while the Kratos power harrow underneath costs £15,640.
He-Va launched its new cover crop destruction machine, the Top Cutter Solo. While it has already had crop rollers on some of its cultivation kit, this is a standalone machine that can be used on the front of a tractor ahead of a drill.
Two 400mm diameter rotors feature, each with six Hardox blades arranged in a spiral formation to chop and destroy growing plants. It is available in three to six metre working widths, with folding machines equipped with accumulators to allow the wings to float. Rotors are mounted on rubber blocks for suspension and sealed bearings feature throughout. The range kicks of at £8,554 for the 3m version.
The first of Amazone’s new Panterra 4504 self-propelled sprayers graced its stand. With a lot of the tech taken from its UX trailed sprayers a new induction bowl with jet in the bottom for powder and granule mixing has been added. In addition, the firm has also added a seven way pressure tap that only allows liquid to access the selected area when it is locked in place.
The fuel tank has been moved to allow a double piston diaphragm pump with a capacity of 520 litres/minute to be used, which is claimed to be quieter and more reliable with more suction and capacity. In the cab, the firm’s AmaDrive terminal has been added allowing for spray and vehicle functions to be displayed on two screens.
Turkish machinery manufacturer Alpler was introduced to the UK at the LAMMA Show in 2020. With a wide range of cultivation, drilling, grassland and application equipment, it was its new GSR5 lime and fertiliser spreader that took pride of place on its stand.
With a stainless steel hopper of five tonnes capacity, a chain and slat conveyor in the bottom, powered by a ground wheel, transports material rearward to hydraulically powered spinning discs. Spread width is up to 36 metres and it sits on 400/60R22.5 tyres. The manufacturer makes spreaders from 3 to 20t capacities, with the 5t machine costing £19,180.
Grange displayed its full range of subsoiling gear, including the recently developed GLL standing for grassland loosener, designed for low disturbance subsoiling in grass and arable rotations.
The three metre machine comes with hydraulically adjustable cutting discs ahead of the subsoiling legs. Six legs feature, staggered over two rows, giving 500mm point to point spacings. There are three wing widths; 40, 60 and 80mm all of which come with tungsten coating and obstacle protection is provided by either shear bolts or hydraulic reset. At the rear there is the choice of a toothed packer or shoulder ring packer. Depth adjustment is via pins on the packer and legs. The machine is priced from £11,500.
Fresh out of Denmark and onto the Vogelsang stand was the Syre N system designed by BioCover. The company says the acidification of slurry is becoming a widespread practice in regions of Europe. The premise is that at a pH of 6.4 ammonia turns to ammonium and becomes less volatile, reducing the amount that gets into the atmosphere, which even with a trailing shoe can be up to 15 per cent, according to the company.
The Syre N system has a pH meter installed onto the applicator that measures how acidic the slurry is. On the front of the tractor is a cradle and pump system that carries and dispenses sulphuric acid from an IBC. The acid is piped to the rear and added to the slurry just before the macerator. The company says typically 3-4 litres of acid is used per cu.m of slurry with the added benefit of sulphur being added to the soil. The system can be used with tankers or umbilical setups and costs about £65,000.
As a result of demand for wider working widths, Sky now offers an eight-metre version of its Easy Drill. The coulter design and principle of the machine remain the same, however, it has been beefed up to accommodate the increase in ground covered. Up top a 5,100-litre split hopper features, with moveable baffle.
Underneath two of the manufacturer’s Accord type metering units are used, with rotary non return valves used to keep air out of the hopper. There is the option to add an additional pair of 120-litre hoppers for small seeds and microgranular fertiliser, which is dropped into the main air stream. Row spacing is 166mm and it retails at £154,656.
For the past four years, Syngenta has been developing its 3D90 low drift nozzles, in collaboration with Pentair Hypro. The show bared demonstrations of the nozzles which the company hope will soon be commercially available.
The company claims drift is reduced by 90 per cent and a pre orifice means that it is compatible with pulse width modulation systems and does not need air induction. Nozzles have a 55-degree angle and are arranged to point forwards and backwards for optimum coverage. The company says the nozzles are ideally suited to pre-em and T3 applications and will be popular with potato growers for blight spraying. They come with an integral snap cap and will be available in sizes; 03, 035, 04, 05, 06 and 08.
Designed for pickups and UTVs is the latest small sprayer from Landquip. With four metre booms and a 200-litre tank, installation into a vehicle takes minutes.
The sprayer features manual pressure regulation and comes with a 12-volt electric pump of 15, 20 or 25 litre/minute. The model on show also came with a separate hand wash tank. It costs about £2,000.
Lemken has introduced a quick-change system for its Karat tine cultivators. The company says there is an increase in demand for multiple points on its cultivator, transforming it from a deep ripping tool to a shallow weed destroyer.
As a result, a boot can be fitted to points and shares that allows a single pin to hold them onto the leg. A tap with a hammer and they fall off. The company says the wearing metal on a four-metre machine can be swapped over in less than 10 minutes with the system and allows it to be a more versatile machine.
Chafer has added hydraulic track width adjustment to its Interceptor self-propelled sprayers.
The system is operated from the cab and allows for front and rear track width targets to be set. This means the wheels can run in one set of wheeling or offset to reduce compaction and damage. The track width can be altered by 420mm and linear transducers within the hydraulic cylinders give an accuracy of 0.5mm.
To setup the operator must drive forwards at 3 to 5kph and the axle extends or retracts.
Hardi used the show to launch the high spec Aeon Centura Line trailed sprayer. Available in 4,200 or 5,200 litre capacities, booms range from 24 to 39 metres.
Air brakes, hydraulic suspension, sprung drawbar and steering wheels with pivoting mudguards are all standard, as is a ball hitch on the larger model. On the left-hand side is the work zone, which features a touch screen terminal, rapid filling induction hopper and work lights under the panels. On the right is the tech zone, with 450 litres/minute pump and all the filters.
The design means a low centre of gravity, but still gets 810mm of crop clearance when shod on 520/85 R46 tyres. AutoSelect Duo also features which allows automatic nozzle changes in response to changing speeds or weather conditions.
Agriweld showed its complete range of cultivation kit, which has been steadily growing over the past two years. All models use the same attaching bracket which features a hook and two bolt holes and legs, which use Sumo wearing parts.
The Min-Disc is a three-metre mounted machine featuring legs and discs and the only machine in the manufacturer’s portfolio designed for incorporation. Six legs on the front are spaced 500mm apart and can be fitted with hydraulic reset or the firm’s shear bar design. This sees to lugs holding a machined bar in place with linch pins. When an obstacle is hit, the bar pulls apart. Advantages over shear bolts include toolless changing and no dropped metal, according to the company.
Two rows of 508mm diameter discs follow. A shouldered ring roller follows behind and features teeth that help the roller to turn and put a small depression in the bottom of the ridge for water infiltration. It costs from £18,695.
Richard Larrington Trailers has secured the UK franchise for the Canadian built AgriBrink tyre inflation system.
The trailer manufacturer was tasked with building low ground pressure trailers, initially with tracks. However, this is an expensive and innately heavy solution says the firm. Instead it says that tyre technology has enabled it to use VF floatation tyres, but finding a quick and effective way of releasing pressure when in field and increasing it for road transport proved an issue.
Que the introduction of the AgriBrink system. Fitted on a tractor’s front linkage, a 200cfm screw vane compressor powered by the tractor’s power beyond hydraulic circuit, primes two 60-litre tanks to nine bar. Four tractor tyres and six trailer tyres can be pressurised for the road in about two minutes and individual pressures for each axle can be selected. The system costs from £16,950.
Househam was showing its recently updated Harrier self-propelled sprayer, with the introduction of the X10 cab from Claas. Standard features of the cab include automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth radio, three-way tilting steering column and adjustable sun blinds on all windows. There is also a larger buddy seat with a 27-litre fridge housed underneath. All of the vehicle and boom controls have been integrated into the cab’s original controls. The firm has also redesigned the mirrors to improve access, fitted LED work lights and installed a hydraulic-folding ladder with a controller integrated into the park brake.
Sprayer functions and vehicle readouts are housed in the latest TMC V6 Terminal, which is setup for auto section control and auto nozzle select as standard.
In addition, Harrier models now come with a six-cylinder 240hp Mercedes engine as standard and Sauer Danfoss wheel motors. On farm price starts at £178,750 for a 4,000-litre, 24m boom model.